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Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Arizona's First Public School

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
1. Arizona's First Public School Marker
Inscription. On November 18, 1867, the Pima County Board of Supervisors created Tucson School District 1. An old adobe building at this location was refitted for classes. Desks and benches were built, new windows were installed in the 25' x 40' classroom, and school supplies were purchased from Hermosillo, Sonora. The semester opened in January, 1868, with an enrollment of 55 boys. Augustus Brichta, formerly a clerk in the Territorial Legislature, taught for six months, though he was paid for only four. This first public school in the Territory then closed for lack of funding.

Spanish translation:
La Primera Escuela Publica
El 18 de Noviembre, 1867, los supervisores del Condado de Pima crearon el Distrito Escolar Número Uno de Tucsón. Una casa vieja de adobe en este sitio fue remodelado para las clases. La pequeña sala fue surtido con escritorios, bancas, y ventanas nuevas. Materiales escolares fueron comprados en Hermosillo, Sonora. En enero, 1868, el primer semestre registró 55 muchachos. Augustus Brichta, anteriormente un secretario de la Legislatura Territorial, enseño por seis meses, aunque le pagaron por solo cuatro. Esta primera escuela luego se cerró por falta de fondos.
 
Erected 1981 by Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and Arizona Historical Society
Arizona's First Public School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
2. Arizona's First Public School Marker
Spanish translation marker.
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Location. 32° 13.32′ N, 110° 58.515′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is on West Pennington Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on the east side of the Federal Building located at 300 West Congress Street. Marker is in this post office area: Tucson AZ 85701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Presidio Wall Camino Real (within shouting distance of this marker); Southwest Corner of the Presidio (within shouting distance of this marker); Pearl Street / Ott Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Avenue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Congress Street (about 300 feet away); Padre-Eusebio-Francisco-Kino, S.J. (about 300 feet away); Alameda Street (about 300 feet away); Tucson Old Walled City (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tucson.
 
Categories. Education
 
Arizona's First Public School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 10, 2010
3. Arizona's First Public School Marker
View across West Pennington Street showing marker and east side of Federal Building.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,311 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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